"Low-cost Sustainable Building and Sculpture with Hybrid Adobe"
Hands-on Workshop teaching Hybrid Adobe
WHEN: Sunday, May 18, 2003. 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Solar Living Center
13771 S. Highway 101
Hopland, CA 95449 (Sonoma County)
Host: Solar Living Institute
Workshop Leader: Philip Mirkin, Hybrid Adobe Builder & Experimenter
COST: $125. The class has over 18 people currently booked, so register
or call 707-744-2017
On Sunday, May 18th at the Solar Living Center (home of Real Goods), builder
Philip Mirkin will lead a one day seminar and hands-on workshop that teaches
Hybrid Adobe techniques, construction, and other uses. The workshop will
cover Hybrid Adobe applications for sculpture, garden, insulating, fireproofing,
and home remodeling. Cost is $125. For more information or to register,
or call 707-744-2017. The class has over 18 people currently booked, so
register early. More info at the Solar Living Institute's web site www.solarliving.org.
Hybrid Adobe blends natural and reusable materials to create a strong,
non-toxic material that can be worked like cob or concrete. Hybrid Adobe
blends include local clay, pulped paper for strength, sand and a binder
such as Portland Cement. When dry, Hybrid Adobe is lightweight, flame-proof
and easy to cut with a saw. These unique properties make it a highly creative
material to work with.
This fun workshop gets your hands in the mud, plastering the material
and sampling procedures. You'll also learn tried and true methods of pouring
lightweight blocks and insulation panels. Learn ways to make sculptures,
mosaics, and garden features. Low-cost, simple procedures empower you
to do the work yourself.
You'll learn how to construct an insulated building shell and how to easily
remodel existing buildings rendering them flame-proof and better insulated
(reducing utility bills). Resource recycling and small business opportunities
will also be discussed.
Over 100 buildings have already been built from fibercrete or Hybrid Adobe.
Some simple structures (such as dome shells without plumbing) have cost
under $1.00 per square foot to build.
Ready applications include conventional homes, add-ons, remodels, domes,
garden walls, sculptures, and sheds. Also covered: making a simple mixer,
alternative building designs, basic permit info and more.
Please register early as the workshop is already filling up.
WORKSHOP LEADER PHILIP MIRKIN: